This ancient dish with Roman origins is regarded as one of the simplest and most satisfying Italian dishes.
Cacio e pepe consists of pasta (usually spaghetti or tonnarelli), aged Pecorino Romano cheese, salt, and lots of ground black pepper.
Since the ingredients are easy to transport and do not spoil easily, it was once the favorite dish of Roman shepherds.
The spicy pepper protected the shepherds from the effects of cold weather during the night, while the pasta provided them with the carbohydrates they needed to perform their back-breaking labor.
However, this simple meal is so good that the famous chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain described it by saying it "could be the greatest thing in the history of the world."